Community & Regional Planning Courses

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Images and implications of the community of the future. Envisioning the future, the nature of the community, community development and planning, strategic planning, futuristic theory and practice, paradigms and dilemmas, sustainable development, neo-traditional town planning, the new urbanism, and sustainable design. Multi-media presentations. Exploration, description, and explanation of the emerging imperatives affecting our homes and towns. Critical thinking about global issues within local environmental, economic, and socio-cultural contexts.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Field of community and regional planning introduced and studied in relation to the history of cities, urbanization, and regionalization. Origins and evolution of American urban and regional planning practice. The planning process as a response to social, political, physical, and economic factors is analyzed. Introduces the community comprehensive planning process, plan implementation, and functional areas of planning.
This course is a prerequisite for: CRPL 415
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 8
Prereqs:
CRPL 400/800 parallel.
Comprehensive analysis of public policies and programs for housing, urban renewal, and large-scale development and a consideration of their social, political, and environmental implications at the neighborhood, community, and regional scale. Formulation of housing and renewal policy and programs as a part of the community and regional planning process and related regulation and stimulation efforts, and to the design, construction, and marketing processes as they affect or are affected by public housing policies and the private sector. The methodology, processes, results, problems, and changing nature of the federal urban renewal program considered in detail.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Senior standing.
Introduces and familiarizes the student with the theory and practice of fund-raising and grant writing. Overview of the principles and concepts of philanthropy and the basic issues of fund-raising. Skills of writing a case statement, conducting a donor search and analysis, designing a fund-raising vehicle, and writing grant applications in "real world" situations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Opportunity for acquiring skill and working experience in the use of microcomputer- and minicomputer-based CADD systems as applied to physical and environmental planning, urban design, and computer cartography. Productive techniques of using CADD equipment and software to perform site planning, mapping, site analysis, and site selection tasks.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
CRPL 830 or introductory level GIS or equivalent or permission.
Provides advanced level instruction on the knowledge and methods needed for the complex spatial analysis in developing and utilizing geographic information in planning. The main subjects to be covered are advanced analysis with raster, network analysis, 3D modelling and visualization, spatial-statistical analysis, and geodatabase management. This course also includes wide variety of real world settings for GIS analysis and spatial decision making in planning - from a broad and practical perspective.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
This course provides an introduction of contemporary theories, principles, and methods of environmental survey and analysis in environmental design and planning. It includes an analysis of the critical environmental elements, their interrelationships, and human interactions in environmental design and planning. This course emphasizes synthesizing Geographical Information System (GIS) spatial analysis skills and environmental analysis knowledge into a coherent concept for practical applications. By the end of the course, it is expected that students will have the ability to use GIS to perform environmental spatial analysis and site analysis.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
The central goal of the course is to help students think critically about issues related to people's quality of life in contemporary communities.  How the quality of life of individuals and groups is influenced by the social, psychological, physical, economic and demographic conditions in their environment.  It teaches how to systematically carry out an applied research project--how to study a research problem, analyze data, and effectively communicate the results of the research.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Senior standing.
Social planning and policy introduced and studied through a historical presentation of US social welfare policy, an exploration of models and methods utilized by government and human service agencies in the planning of social programs, and an analysis of contemporary social policy issues. Includes privatization, universalism vs. selectivity, race and ethnicity, homelessness, and poverty.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Senior standing.
Introduces principles and practices of planning, design, and implementation for multiple-structure built environments. Influences of physical, social, environmental, and economic factors upon planned and designed environments. Various planning and design methods, processes, and products introduced. Means of project implementation explored, and examples of existing and proposed projects studied.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Senior standing.
Introduces environmental planning, including its history and origins. Major environmental issues throughout the world, and the roles of planning in addressing these problems. Environmental planning process and environmental legislation.
This course is a prerequisite for: LARC 487
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
This class provides an overview of “environmental impact assessment” in the United States. This course explores how to conduct environmental impact assessments, environmental impact analysis, review of environmental impact statements, and use of various regulatory review processes. It emphasizes the significant environmental legislation - National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA applies to all federal agencies and most of the projects and decisions. This class introduces the background and implementation of the NEPA, and explains the preparation of environmental impact statements (EISs). This class covers the major themes of environmental impacts assessment, including air pollution, water quality, land resources, cultural resources, archaeology, traffic, noise, transportation, and so on. This interdisciplinary class fits students in all departments, including Natural Resources Management, Environmental Studies, Civil Engineering, Wildlife and Fisheries, Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Public Policy, and others.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CRPL 475/875
Water Quality StrategyCrosslisted as AGRO 475/875, CIVE 475/875, GEOL 475/875, MSYM 475/875, NRES 475/875, POLS 475/875, SOCI 475/875, SOIL 475, WATS 475
Prereqs:
Senior standing or permission.
Capstone course.
Holistic approach to the selection and analysis of planning strategies for protecting water quality from nonpoint sources of contamination. Introduction to the use of methods of analyzing the impact of strategies on whole systems and subsystems; for selecting strategies; and for evaluating present strategies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
Senior standing.
Exploration, analysis, and application of recreation and park planning principles and practices. An understanding of park planning at the local, regional, and national level developed.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Senior standing.
Introduces the theory and principles of economic development planning. Concepts, analytical approaches, and theories of economic growth of local communities introduced. Consideration of local economic development plans for small communities. International perspectives of economic development.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Senior standing.
Introduction to urbanization and planning in developing countries. Examines the social, economic, and spatial organization of Third World cities, including international trends, theories of development, life in these cities, and how the people and governments of Third World countries attempt to cope with their problems and plan for a better future.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CRPL 489/889
Urbanization of Rural LandscapesCrosslisted as AGRO 489/889, HORT 489/889
Prereqs:
Senior standing, graduate standing, or permission.
Development converts rural landscapes into housing, roads, malls, parks, and commercial uses. This process fragments landscapes and changes ecosystem functions, drives up land prices, and pushes agriculture into more marginal areas.This multi-disciplinary, experiential course guides students in learning about the urbanization process, the impacts on landscapes, people, and the community, and the choices that are available to informed citizens.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Senior standing.
Aspects of community and regional planning not covered elsewhere in the curriculum are presented as the need arises.
Credit Hours: 1-9
Max credits per degree: 9
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Senior standing and permission.
Individual or group investigations of problems relating to community and regional planning.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 9
Course Delivery: Classroom
CRPL 802
Prereqs:
or parallel: CRPL 800
Linkages between knowledge and organized action in planning practice are analyzed in terms of philosophical underpinnings, decision theory, programming, policy formulation, politics, goals, values, and social change. Historical traditions of contemporary planning theory. The identities, roles, and relationships of planners with society.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
or parallel: CRPL 800 or permission
Applications of constitutional, common, administrative, and statutory law in the planning process are studied. Roles of the branches of American government in the regulation and control of land use and development, as well as in the planning, development, and delivery of public services and facilities. Legal theories, issues, cases, and applications relevant to professional planning practice, as well as the legal responsibilities of participants in the planning process.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Applied qualitative research techniques. Interpret verbal data generated by the community. Organize, categorize, and analyze the words (data) into critical empirical comparable units of analysis. Optimize “active” listening skills; techniques to incorporate qualitative community concerns into the planning process; and epistemological insights on how to combine data obtained from divergent research methods into a single research project.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Admission to the MCRP program or permission
Theory and practice of geographic information systems use in planning. Selection and use of computer software and data for problem solving and decision making in community and regional planning. Specific planning-related applications of geographic information systems, spreadsheet modeling, and data base management.
This course is a prerequisite for: CRPL 432
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Principles of statistics course; CRPL 800; CRPL *830; community and regional planning major
Analytical methods and techniques for research, problem solving, and decision making are studied and applied within the context of the planning process. Statistical analyses; forecasting methods; optimization techniques; models and simulation techniques; and methods of demographic, economic, land use, and policy analyses are studied in relation to community and regional planning.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
CRPL 872
Environmental Survey and AnalysisCrosslisted as ARCH 560/860
Prereqs:
Permission
Comprehensive review of contemporary methods and theories of environmental survey and analysis in the fields of landscape architecture, regional planning, conservation, and related areas, with emphasis on interrelationships between human and natural systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to the comparative study of urbanization and planning in developing countries. Social, economic, and spatial organization of Third World cities, including international trends, theories of development, life in these cities, and how the people and governments of Third World countries attempt to cope with their problems and plan for a better future.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Community and regional planning major
Diverse issues relating to contemporary professional planning practice are studied through abbreviated case studies and presentations by visiting specialists and participants in the planning process. Interrelated social, economic, political, and physical factors affecting specific planning situations. Current and emerging roles for professional planners.
Credit Hours: 1
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Community and regional planning major and permission
Supervised practical experience in a planning-related organization.
Credit Hours: 1-4
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MCRP degree candidate and permission of department graduate committee
Professional project is a non-thesis culmination of the MCRP degree program. The professional project emulates professional planning practice and is pursued individually by the student with supervision by a faculty advisory committee.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
CRPL 899
Prereqs:
Admission to MCRP degree program and permission of major adviser
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 6
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
or parallel: CRPL 800
Current concepts, ideas, and issues relating to professional planning practice are studied. Contexts of planning practice, the professional planner’s relationship to society, ethics in professional planning practice, and political and organizational behavior in plan making and policy implementation. Roles of citizens, client groups, and consultants in the planning process. Forms of collaborative problem solving, including mediation and negotiation. Planning office and project management issues and approaches, including personnel administration and project financing and budgeting.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
CRPL 800 or permission
Occasional field trips and practical exercises. Interdisciplinary examinations of regional ecological problems and consideration of the theories, principles, techniques, and strategies utilized in planning for the conservation and development of the natural environment. Ecological emphasis with case studies of environmental deterioration and suggested or implemented solutions.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
CRPL 990
Prereqs:
CRPL 800, *830, *840; MCRP degree candidate
Application and synthesis of multi-disciplinary philosophies, theories, methods, analyses, and techniques of planning in the context of contemporary complex planning projects. Individual and team approaches pursued in specific project contexts for survey research, definition of research questions and hypotheses, analyses, creative problem solving, formulation and evaluation of alternatives, plan making, and development of implementation strategies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom